SBIFF's New Home

We have found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre. The Riviera Theatre will allow SBIFF to expand our current slate of education programs, preserve an important historic landmark, and create a cultural hub for all things film.

The Wave Film Festival

On May 11th through 15th, we will be enjoying 11 brand new and exciting films from Asia at the historic Riviera Theatre!
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32nd SBIFF

Wednesday February 1 – Saturday February 11, 2017
200+ Films + Celebrity Tributes + Panel Discussions + Filmmaker Q&A’s + Daily FREE Community Events + Educational Programs FOR ALL AGES

Kirk Douglas Award

What an amazing evening we had with three remarkable women. We were tremendously honored to present Jane Fonda with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Thank you to everyone that supported the evening. All proceeds raised will benefit our educational programs.
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Opening Night

Maltin Modern Master Award

Mike's Field Trip to the Movies

American Riviera Award

AppleBox Family Films

Producers Panel

Writers Panel

Virtuosos Award

Super Silent Sunday

Outstanding Performers of the Year Award

Montecito Award

Artisans Award

Outstanding Directors Award

Cinema Vanguard Award

Women's Panel

10-10-10 Student Competition

Filmmaker Seminars

Engel & Völkers Pavilion

700 Volunteers

Schedule of Events

The Wave Film Festival ~ PAN-ASIA – May 11 – 15, 2016

The Wave Film Festival ~ FRANCE – July 13 – 17, 2016

32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival – February 1 – 11, 2017

Announcements

SBIFF’s new home at the historic Riviera Theatre

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre. The Riviera Theatre will allow SBIFF to expand their current slate of education programs, preserve an important historic landmark, and create a cultural hub for all things film.

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2016 Award Winning Films Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, announced today the highly-anticipated winners for its 31st year at a breakfast held in their honor. Ten winning films in as many categories were announced, culminating in the coveted audience award which went to THE CULPABLE.

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Outstanding Directors of the Year Award

Lenny Abrahamson, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay and George Miller will receive the 2016 Outstanding Directors of the Year award. They will each be celebrated individually for their films ROOM, THE REVENANT, SPOTLIGHT, THE BIG SHORT and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, respectively. The individual honors will be followed by a joint conversation between the directors on their craft and the landscape of modern day filmmaking. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 11th at the historic Arlington Theatre.

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Montecito Award honoring Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for his critically acclaimed role in Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Given to a person in the entertainment industry whose has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to him at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9th at the historic Arlington Theatre.

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2016 SBIFF Film Lineup Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, announced today the highly-anticipated line-up for the 31st edition, which will run February 3rd to February 13th, 2016. The festival will offer a vast array of films representing 60+ countries, 52 world premieres and 53 US premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach.

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Virtuosos Award

SBIFF’s 2016 Virtuosos Award, created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year, will honor: Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy) and Jacob Tremblay (Room).

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Opening Night Film + Gala premiering “The Little Prince”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “THE LITTLE PRINCE” at the Arlington Theatre on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. Directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Opening Night Film + Gala is co-sponsored by Bella Vista Designs.

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Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Rooney Mara

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Rooney Mara with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Friday, February 12, 2016. The actress will be celebrated for her remarkable role in this year’s Carol alongside Cate Blanchett, who will present Mara with the award at a tribute at the Arlington Theatre.

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Outstanding Performers of the Year Award honoring Brie Larson & Saoirse Ronan

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present the 2016 Outstanding Performers of the Year award to both Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan on Monday February 8. This is the first time the award will be given to two honorees. Both Larson and Ronan had previously been awarded the festival’s Virtuoso Award, in 2014 and 2010 respectively. The duo will be celebrated for their remarkable performances in Room and Brooklyn.

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